Creative Commons Search

Creative Commons Search
Full copyright applies to most stuff on the web. But this search helps you find photos, music, text, and other works whose authors want you to re-use it for some uses — without having to pay or ask permission.

What is this?

This search engine will help you find photos, music, text, books, educational material, and more that is free to share or build upon.

Why is this important?

Copyright applies fully and automatically to any work . a photograph, a song, a web page, an article, pretty much any form of expression . the moment it is created. This means that if you want to copy and re-use a creative work you find online, you usually have to ask the author's permission.

This "all rights reserved" protection is good thing for many authors and artists. But what about those who want you to use their work freely without permission — but on certain conditions?

This search engine helps you quickly find those authors and the work they have marked as free to use with only "some rights reserved." If you respect the rights they have reserved (which will be clearly marked, as you'll see) then you can use the work without having to contact them and ask. In some cases, you may even find work in the public domain — that is, free for any use with "no rights reserved."

Examples

Looking for a picture of the Eiffel Tower for a school report? Type "Eiffel Tower," choose the "Image" format, and see what you find.

Interested in music free to download and put in a movie? Type the kind of music you're looking for, choose the "Audio" format, and browse results from across the web.

Try it out. Look for books, weblogs, audio recordings, and more.

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Author: Balachandar Radhakrishnan

I work in Project Management and love music, photography & more.

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